The Lost Lunchbox
The Lost Lunchbox is the one of internet’s first
educational role-playing games (RPG) designed specifically
for children in grades 3 –8. Conceived by Greg Nussbaum,
creator of MrNussbaum.com, and designed by the team at igamestudio.com,
The Lost Lunchbox is an unforgettable and exciting experience
for students that incorporates critical thinking skills in
multiple disciplines, problem solving, and a healthy dose of
adventure and curiosity. The Lost Lunchbox is an outstanding,
educational alternative to traditional video games that glamorize
violence and promote mental stagnation.
The object of the game is to find the
character’s lost lunchbox in an enchanted school. In
order to find the lunchbox, the user has to accumulate a variety
of prizes, tools, and clues that will lead to its location. The
accumulation of such objects is achieved through fulfilling
the challenges in the school’s many classrooms. The
academic challenges were designed to be, well, challenging!
Users will likely not succeed the first time. Some classrooms
will require users to conduct minor on-line research or use
process of elimination. Others will function as trials, in
which users will improve over time before fulfilling that particular
challenge. After the completion of each academic challenge,
the user will undoubtedly feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Most users will not be able to “conquer” the game
right away. It will take perseverance, persistence, and actual
learning to do so. Below is a list of the academic challenges
students have to fulfill to obtain the clues and prizes necessary
to find the lunchbox.
- Conduct an online science experiment in which the
user has to make a volcano and then make it erupt.
- Make ten math problems and answers from a series
of six numbers
- Put a variety of “fun” historical
events in their correct order (with respect to date).
- Pick out a misspelled word among twenty correctly
spelled words. The user must spell the misspelled word correctly.
- Identify types of prose.
- Identify a missing word in a famous quote or passage.
- Identify U.S. states on a U.S.A map based on a clue.
- Play a memory game
- Identify musical instruments
- Dress up an athlete according to the clothes and
equipment worn in a particular sport.
Fulfilling such academic challenges
results in the user earning magic pencils, the game currency,
or different tools or prizes. Users need to fulfill
these challenges to obtain secret codes, locker combinations,
locations of secret passages, elevator passes and much
more. Students can save their games like real video games!
You have left your lunchbox at school! That
was the one thing you were told absolutely NOT to do when you
were accepted to the Deep Chamber School, a school for mathematical
and scientific geniuses ages 6-12. No one has ever left their
lunchbox at school as far as you know -- in its entire 785 year
history! You get one lunchbox on your first day. If you
leave it at school, you must return to find it.
You will have to go alone --- in the darkness, as non-students
are not permitted to enter. As you get close to the Deep Chamber
School at night, crickets stop chirping, birds stop singing,
and the moon stops shining. Your school is not like most. Things
happen when the kids leave. The building changes. The teachers
change. You've never seen it, but you've heard stories. Some
say the principal turns into a gnome. Others say the teachers
use strange mathematical formulas to turn into evil story characters
and reverse time. No matter what, you can't come home without
The quest to find your lunchbox will be anything but easy. They've
been waiting for this.
Rest assured, your lunchbox is there - somewhere. You will have
to use your impressive academic skills in all subject areas to
earn the school currency of magic pencils and gain clues to the
location of your dear lunchbox. You will be required to complete
various academic challenges that will push you to your scholastic
limit and suck away your pivotal pencils if you fail. Be ready
to conduct science experiences, complete math equations, identify
types of prose, arrange historical events in their correct orders
and much, much more. You will have to use the pencils and the
clues you earn to find secret passages, secret rooms, locker
and elevator codes, maps, and various detectors -- all of which
will lead you one step closer to your precious lunch container.
Beware of roaming security guards and the dreaded principal who
will happily confiscate your hard earned magic pencils.
Finding your lost lunchbox will require time. You can save your
game and anytime.
Like any school, the Deep Chamber school is full
of classrooms. These classrooms are the keys to earning clues
to the location of the lunchbox and to earning crucial magic
pencils. Users will need to accumulate a significant number of
these pencils to pay off the right characters at the end of the
game. Earning pencils, however, is difficult. Users will lose
pencils if they do not complete the classroom challenge correctly.
Here, students have to make ten math problems (with answers)
from six random digits in three minutes. Numbers get dragged
to the boxes and signs get dragged in between the boxes.
You can drag two numbers to the same box thereby making double-digit
Here, students will have to read a famous
passage and determine the type of prose it is from four choices.
Students should brush up on themes such as ballads, quatrains,
metaphors, limericks, haikus and others.
In one of the first classrooms you will have to enter, and one of the most challenging classrooms,
users must conduct a science experiment by selecting
the correct amount of an ingredient to be added. For example,
a student might have to decide whether or not to put eight
or five cups of flour in, or, three or six tablespoons of baking
soda. The object is to cause a home-made volcano to erupt!
Students must choose the correct amounts of five or six ingredients.
In this room, twenty words will appear on the chalkboard
and one of them is spelled wrong. Students must identify
the incorrect word and spell it correctly before time runs
Here, students will see a message such as "dress
like a soccer player." The student has one minute to
drag and drop all of the soccer related items to his character
thereby dressing him like a soccer player.
The cafeteria is the location in which students have to
power up. Be very mindful of your energy level. When it gets
too low, visit the cafeteria on the first floor. Make sure
to pick a nutritious meal, because some items won't power
you up as well as others. All cafeteria items cost three
In the reading classroom, students must read
a passage taken from a famous book or publication with one
word omitted. The student must select the omitted word from
a scroll to complete the passage.
In the history classroom, the user is six
historical events in random order. The object is to drag
and drop them to their correct places on the timeline in
In the geography classroom, the professor
will give you a riddle to solve about a particular state
(of the United States). When you solve the riddle, click
the correct state on the map. You can get a hint for a cost
of two magic pencils.
In the music classroom you have two minutes to identify eight musical instruments hanging on the wall. A random instrument name will appear on the bottom of the screen. Your job is to find the instrument and click on it.
Objects to Find - Always refer to your book or sorts to guide you in earning and finding the objects below.
You will need this to navigate around the school, especially when you need to visit the cafeteria when your energy is low! The map will be the first object you get. Simply visit any classroom when you enter the school and fulfill the challenge!
This device will enable you to detect when one of those darn guards is near. The guard image will show on your map.
This device will enable you to detect where the principal is. The principal image will appear on your map.
You need this key to get into the gymnasium.
Locker Code 1
You will need the lock combination to the locker indicated on this scroll.
This is a valuable missing page from your book of sorts.
You will need this code to be able to ride the elevator. The elevator can get you upstairs more quickly than the stairs.
You will need to earn this and give it to the janitor and he will return the favor with something useful to you.
This chest contains information you will definitely need.
Key to Chest
In order to gain access to the contents of the chest above, you first need this key.
You will need to dial a special number to unlock the desk drawer below. If you see this phone ringing, pick it up, there might be an important person on the line.
Jane's Telephone Number
This is a the scroll that contains the number you need to dial for the above telephone.
Key to the Boiler Room
If you are here, you are making good progress. You need this key to enter the boiler room where an important gnome resides.
This tool will tell you how hot or cold you are in relation to the lost lunchbox.
Ms. Wordes' locker code
If you have found this code, you are near the end. You will need this code to procure an important tool.
Secret Passage Finder
This is a crucial tool that you absolutely must have to find the lost lunchbox. You can also use it to access the pencil parlor, a gaming room in which you can gamble for more magic pencils.
Magic Places - These are some important places that are not classrooms.
Lots of important things are hidden within these lockers. You'll need to know which lockers and the lock combinations to those lockers.
You'll need to earn the key to the boiler room in order to have an important conversation with the gnome who lives there.
You'll need at least 100 magic pencils before the janitor will agree to let you search his closet.
Need magic pencils quickly? Once you find the secret passage finder, you'll quickly learn the whereabouts of the pencil parlor, a place where you can gamble for more pencils.
Getting lonely searching for the lost lunchbox in the Deep Chamber school? You can now buy pets. You can have up to two pets at a time. Scroll over each pet to find out how and where it will help you or give you clues.
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Use this section for ideas on how to find that
- To get started with he game, close the "Welcome
to the Deep School" message by clicking on the "X" in the upper
right corner. Move your character by using the arrow keys on
- Many users have had trouble getting past the
science lab. This is a trial and error classroom
that requires you to try different combinations of ingredients.
To get past the first step of the experiment, use 6 for the
first ingredient, 2 for the second ingredient, 4 for the the
third ingredient, and two for the fourth ingredient.
Save your game often! This very important so that if your
game ends, you can continue the game with all of the magic
pencils and items you earned. Simply click "pause" and then
"save game" from the menu. Click "resume game" to keep playing.
Use your tools well! Watch out for
the roaming security guard and principal. They will confiscate
five magic pencils from you each time you encounter one
of them. Luckily, you can earn a principal detector and
a security guard detector. Check your map after you earn
them to always know their locations in respect to yours.
Use your book of sorts! Your book
of sorts will usually tell you the next step in your quest
and will store codes, phone numbers, and locker combinations
that you will need. Important - Turn the
pages of your book of sorts by clicking on the arrows in
the bottom right corner of the pages. You will have to
turn the pages to access some of your information.
Be careful! Not all of your tools will help you. Don't
give in to temptation (especially when you earn the secret
In accordance with COPPA, students must obtain
parental permission before registering for thelostlunchbox.com.
Thelostlunchbox.com collects little personal information. Students
must supply a username and password, a valid e-mail address,
and their state or country of residence. We do not ask for actual
names, addresses, phone numbers or anything else.
It is important to know a couple of things about
your lostlunchbox.com registration. When you save a game on the
lostlunchbox.com, the information (variables) that indicate your
level, the tools that you have earned, your magic pencils, and
other things are stored on a small file called a cookie. These
cookies are stored on whatever computer you used to play. When
you continue a game, the computer looks for these cookies on your
computer. This means, that although you CAN save your game, you
must use the same computer to continue a saved game later. Your
user name will not work on a different computer. It is also important
to note that you will need to make sure cookies are enabled on
your computer. Rest assured that our cookies do not track anything,
cannot access any other information on your computer, and are completely
useless except when playing the Lost Lunch Box.